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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our handmade Estate Ale highlights the flavors of home. From the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley comes our Estate Ale. It’s rich with the flavors of the valley—hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas, and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Enjoy this remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 After a bad 2008 bottle, the new incarnation was exceptional. Grassy, floral, hops with a soft peppery component. Moderate sweetness of a caramel malt body that provided good balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Copper colored ale with a huge rocky tan head. I got a hint of grapefruit and then some funky vegetable aroma. The flavor is bitter at first with a bit of grapefruit and a touch of pine before starting to suck at the finish. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
on tap at Porter’s Pub, UCSD. Poured gold with out much head, slighlty malty arom a with a bit of hops. flavor was fairly mild with a good hop-malty balence. fairly sweet overall. a good session ale, but nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Draft at Solana Beach Pizza Port. It was just a mild APA, not good hops and not good malt. Alexander thought it tasted like dirty dishwater and gave it a 3.3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whorst (15) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Interesting beer that tastes like it was aged in a bourbon barrel. Hops are limited, doesn’t drink at all like 6.7%. Interesting non the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Poured at 2007 Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, OR--Profound copper body with an average sized white head. Floral hops aroma reminiscent of Celebration Ale. Very easy drinking and quaffable. Soft and caramelly. Lingering metallic hops bitterness. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Tap @ O’Briens. Copper pour with an average white head. Hoppy aroma with the typical Sierra Nevada malt profile. Taste is the same with more metal and caramel. I wanted more hops, but I guess that’s what the Harvest Ale is all about. Still a good beer for an APA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Tap @ O’briens. Post warned about this. Its certainly a bit underwhelming for a wet hopped pale. Its overall pretty decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Clear straight amber. Straightforward crystal malts aroma over which thrive earthy hops on top of the lightly flowery and heavily citrusy ones. As usual, the assembling is competent. In 1995, this would have been excellent, but you need to go a bit beyond to gather the high scores nowadays. Crisp palate with a sweetish toastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8575) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 2009 version. Bottle. Deep amber pour. Thick sticky off-white head. The beer has perfect clarity. A fairly unusual nose with a distinctive spicy/herbal character. There is also a touch of cherry fruitiness. There is a bit of a distinctive caramelly sweetness with an unusual spiciness. It has a touch of pine and more light fruit as well. Lingering crackery maltiness. It’s a very unique and tasty brew. I like it. 2008 version. Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber beer, light off-white head. Nice caramel aroma with a fairly spicy/orangey hop aroma. Flavour shows good balance, sweet earthy malts, orange/spicy hops. Quite fresh and zesty with some perfumey spice, but without any resinousness. Lingering moderate bitterness. A bit grassy and spicy on the back. Nice brew. 7 3 7 3 14

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